"Voices for Wildlife" festival to be held in Yangon

31 October 2018
"Voices for Wildlife" festival to be held in Yangon
Mahouts (elephant caretakers) ride the elephant for a bath at Winga Baw  Elephant Conservation Camp at Bago Region, Myanmar. Photo: Nyein Chan  Naing/EPA

Myanmar will hold a wildlife festival "Voices for Wildlife" in Yangon on Friday to support the government's combat on illegal wildlife trade and to raise awareness of wildlife conservation in the country, Xinhua has reported.

The festival will take place at the Mahabandoola Park in downtown Yangon.

Yangon region authorities have recently announced a ban on all illegal sales across the region.

The festival will bring a wide range of wildlife-themed activities for people, displaying wildlife-themed artworks and musical and dance performances by local artists as well as a screening of a short film "Bo Bo and Mo Mo" which portrays the love between a boy named Bo Bo and a young elephant.

Meanwhile, Myanmar has signed the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to protect wild elephants, setting aside 9,205 square miles for elephant sanctuaries.